Dawn M. Bates, Ph.D.

Embedded Staff Psychologist - University Housing & Dining

Staff Psychologist-UCS, University Housing & Dining

2015—New Mexico State University, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

Clinical/Counseling Interests:

Therapy is a collaborative, empowering process from which anyone can benefit.  I mix a client-centered foundation with aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy, all of which is informed by a feminist perspective.  I use techniques such as mindfulness, biofeedback, and skills training in session.  I strive to provide a safe, nonjudgmental, accepting space for clients to share and discuss their concerns and to collaboratively work towards their goals. 

My interests include grief and loss, identity issues (LGBTQA, cultural, racial, ethnic, religious), sexuality, self-care, biofeedback, mindfulness, and the impact of prejudice, discrimination, and oppression on mental health.  I love working with college students around many common concerns that arise during their college experiences such as anxiety, adjustment and transitions, changing relationships, stress management, and school-life balance.

Multicultural Interests:

Social justice, advocacy, and multiculturalism are vital parts of my personal and professional lives.  I actively seek opportunities to grow in my own understanding of my intersectional identities and to honor and understand the diverse intersectional identities of others.  I believe conversations about our experiences and differences are vital not only in the therapeutic context, but in our lives as citizens of the world. 

Outreach Interests: 

Outreach and prevention are two of my passions.  I enjoy presenting on a variety of topics with a focus on stress management, sexuality, depression, anxiety (including test anxiety), healthy communication, healthy relationships, suicide awareness, body image, study skills, mindfulness, and diversity topics such as microaggressions.

Professional Affiliations: I am a member of the American Counseling Association and the Association for Women in Psychology.